President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the deployment of U.S. troops in Afghanistan at the White House on July 6, 2016.
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July 12, 2016 12:35 PM EDT

President Barack Obama will visit Dallas on Tuesday, cutting short an overseas trip to comfort a city and nation still reeling from a series of shootings.

Obama is due to deliver a speech at an interfaith memorial service in Dallas, where five police officers were fatally shot last week during a peaceful protest over the shooting deaths of two black men by police officers elsewhere in the country earlier in the week. The deaths have set off a national debate over race relations and the use of force by police.

Obama previously spoke from Warsaw on Saturday, where he attended the NATO Summit, saying, “America is not as divided as some have suggested.” However, expectations that Obama can bridge the growing racial divides are low among Dallas residents.

Obama will join former President George W. Bush at the memorial service for the slain officers, and meet with the victims’ families afterward.

Obama’s remarks are scheduled to be delivered at 1:40 p.m. ET.

Watch the speech above.

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